Well, I went away for two weeks and came back to the beginning of fall in Baltimore.
The Vermont Studio Center was beautiful and secluded and exactly what I needed. I was able to indulge my workaholic tendencies and be in the studio all day, everyday. I also went running, which was INSANE. You see, Johnson, Vermont is in a valley. The only place to run is up. I ran so many hills! I did a 9mile run that had multiple half-mile hills tacked on to it. Beautiful scenery, but a frustrating run.
A few choice pictures. (You can see more on my Flickr)
Also, remember when I posted about the Bumbershoot Arts and Music Festival? Installed pieces below. I am really pleased with how they turned out!
I was feeling renewed to be able to have these couple weeks of focus, in addition to return to Baltimore with all the freelance stuff taken care of. The Friday before I left Vermont, however, I got an email about a project that had never been finished and now needs to be worked on. Guess that’s the way it goes, eh?
Just a scan – Still chugging a long. Hopefully to be done by this weekend?
In other news, it is HOT outside. I know it’s boring to talk about the weather, so can we address the fact that:
a. Early April should NOT be 90 degrees?
b. It should NOT be too hot to run at 6:30AM in early April.
Also, did anyone here watch The Adventures of Pete and Pete when they were younger? Remember the episode with the phone that just.keeps.ringing? This seems to have happened outside my apartment. Every morning between 7 and 8 am there is a phone that rings for pretty much the whole hour. Weird, no?
A quick scan of what I’ve sorta been working on.
I was in NY last weekend and obviously didn’t get much work done. I did see a great paper show at the Museum of Art and Design, met up with Jen Collins (whom I met through Brown Paper Bag!) and hung around Red Hook in my friend’s wonderful new apartment.
No post yesterday, so today!
Sometimes I procrastinate because I know I have to paint and don’t want to. It’s not for lack of enjoyment – it is because I have such limited space on my desk to do so. I wish my work space was large enough to accommodate such wishes.
In other news, I did a little impromtu cleaning this evening and found a couple of things:
1. an old, skinny brown leather belt that I thought was gone FOREVER.
2. my N64. I needed that a few months back.
3. my extra yoga mat. doesn’t do me much good though, because the one I stole is so.much.better.
This is a hard piece to scan, so I did a really shoddy job of it since I was just throwin’ it up on Marshmellow Kisses.
I have been struggling with parts of this piece, namely her dress. Finally got it to a place where I like it. I am hoping to have some time with it this week, since Sat-Sun I will be out of town. I’m going to NYC to visit some friends and take in some gallery shows. I am also going to hit up Baked, a place that isn’t far from my friends apartment and whose cookbook I love so dearly.
Here’s what I got done between now and Wednesday, which is not a lot:
I’ve been fighting with what to do on top of her dress all week. I keep trying things and starting over… to get resolved this weekend.
I don’t generally show my sketchbook because I think most of the drawings in it are pretty ugly, and I (rather unfortunately) have a terrible habit of only using sketchbooks for planning, when they should be for exploration!
Here’s a cut-out, paired with its sketch. Often I am dissatisfied with my cuts, feeling that they don’t reflect my sketches. I am happy with the progress of this one so far.
This is the start of an illustration for the story Off, out of Aimee Bender’s Willful Creatures. It is the tale of a woman’s quest to kiss three men at a party – one redhead, another blonde, and lastly a burnette. The main character is rich and constantly talking about her appearance and wealth. She’s rather backhanded in every aspect of her life.